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Rep. Steve Cohen Calls William Barr a Chicken by Eating Cold KFC in the House Judiciary Committee

Plus, Maine has become the first state to ban Styrofoam takeout containers, and more food news for today

Rep Steve Cohen at the House Judiciary Committee
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It’s subpoena lickin’ good

Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen showed up to the House Judiciary Committee toting a bucket of KFC on Thursday morning. Cohen wasn’t simply hungry for some fried bird (most D.C. KFCs don’t open until 10:30 a.m., so these were leftovers at best). Rather, he was taking a jab at Attorney General William Barr for opting not to appear before the committee, where he presumably would have been grilled (not fried) about misrepresenting the recently-released Mueller report to paint President Trump in a more favorable light.

Apparently not one for food waste, Cohen proceeded to chow down on the congealed meal, all to prove a point that Barr is a coward for skipping the hearing. Subtlety might be a dead art, but obviousness has its sodium-laden perks.

And in other news...

  • Starbucks’ oopsie du jour is that it has to recall over 250,000 Bodum French presses because they’re prone to breaking and causing lacerations, which is one helluva way to start your morning. [WSJ]
  • A Chicago man has been filling potholes with a squishy alternative to regular construction materials: he’s using giardiniera, the tangy Italian pickles often found in sandwiches. [Munchies]
  • Subway continues to flail, with the sandwich chain reportedly closing 1,000 stores in the U.S. last year — but in some kind of attempt to court a new market of “people too young to know better”, the chain has a new partnership with Kidz Bop. [CNN]
  • Shrimp in the UK keep getting found with cocaine in their little bodies presumably from heavy cocaine use in the general population. What’s the shrimp equivalent of grinding your teeth? [Miami Herald]
  • Nearly half of all state college students in New York routinely skip meals in order to make ends meet. [NYT]
  • Maine is the first state to ban Styrofoam take-out containers, with Colorado and New Jersey considering similar measures. [Jezebel]
  • This Toronto restaurant avoids throwing out food by chopping its menu prices until it sells everything. [NPR]
  • Your daily dose of nightmare capitalism: Following the end of plastic straws at McDonald’s in the UK, people are selling them online for up to 1,000 pounds. [Mirror]
  • Former 90210 star Jason Priestley took his family out to trendy NYC Italian restaurant Scarpetta, and played a game of Uno while he was there. [Page Six]
  • Do you like hard liquors but wish they tasted more like Vegemite? This Australian distillery has you covered. [Munchies]

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